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August Newsletter 2021

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Golden Hinde Monthly Newsletter
Issue 36 – August 202
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Welcome to our August Newsletter
Summer is upon us here at Golden Hinde, at the end of July we were melting as it is really warm, it feels like we are  in Florida just without Mickey Mouse or a pool which right now would be amazing, We have even had amazing thunderstorms. I’m sure it won’t last though. 
Here in the UK at time of writing, rules have been relax (or soon to be relaxed in Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland). In England (where we are based) laws have been removed so mask wearing and social distancing is now not compulsory, that being said I have personally found that on my visit to a local supermarket that over 80% of people i saw were still wearing masks – me included. In regards to us here at Golden Hinde, we are a very small team, we have lots of space in our work area but we continue to be social distancing. 
From mid July to September we don’t run any of our regular classes and have a summer break, but when our classes get back up and running we will be following any procedures put in place by the building where our studio is, but we are optimistic that things will be more ‘normal’ In July, we held our first retreat, this was a long time coming after so many lockdowns. We had some lovely feedback, and you can see more details below. 
Golden Hinde Team

Summer bank Holiday We have an national holiday (bank holiday) on Monday 30th August 2021  please be aware that we will be closed on this day 

Summer Holidays Schools in England are off for the whole of August. All our staff have young children, so we will be working with reduced staff through the holidays to enable us all to spend time with our families. There may be the odd day where there will be no one in the office. If you have any questions or queries please send us an e-mail to Sarah@golden-hinde.co.uk and we will get back to you 

July Illuminated letters retreat
On the 12th July 2021 we held our first Retreat Illuminated letters which was held at Shallowford Hall, Stone in Staffordshire  After so many postponements due to Covid-19 we were so happy that we could hold the retreat. Our very own Sarah Rakestraw was the tutor along with assistance of her Mother Susan Hinde, both of whom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced tutors in their field. 14 ladies attended the retreat, they all had their own en-suite bedrooms and convened in a main room for the Embroidery sessions, and dining rooms for meals. 
If you are thinking about booking a retreat with us but unsure of what to expect look at the lovely feedback we received from many of the attendees here are a few of the comments 
“Sarah and Sue went above and beyond in their teaching” – Mary F
“The teaching was brilliant, one to one was very good” – Dalena D
“Tuition was clear and at level that suited my skill level” – Pauline W
“Sarah and Sue were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and fun. Nothing was too much trouble” – Anne C
We had some lovely feedback about the venue as well, hopefully we will be looking to book retreats at this venue in the future. Retreats hosted by Golden Hinde
Find out more about our Retreats
We are so excited to get our retreats up and running this year, after waiting for so long. Our first retreat is on the 12th July 2021 and we can’t wait for those booked on to join us, Didn’t manage to book on the July retreat? Don’t worry we have more options for you. Wanted to do the Illuminated letters course? We have limited numbers on our September course, more details can be found below.Book Your place on a retreatWe have been able to add a few more places to our upcoming retreat, spaces are selling quickly so don’t miss out as we will not be holding this illuminated letters retreat for a while. The Dates are as follows:

6th – 10th September 2021 – HIstory of Goldwork & Illuminated letters – only 3 places available

Retreats for 2022 are ON SALE NOW 
21st March – 25th March 2022 – Goldwork basics techniques – learn several Goldwork techniques including leather and chipping to complete a design such as the design above middle. 
16th May – 20th May 2022 – Illuminated letters ‘Art Nouveau style’ letters – create a stunning letter in Art Nouveau style,these letters really capture the essence and the style of the era.
19th – 23rd September 2022 – Mirrors and Picture frames – create a stunning frame for that special picture or a mirror to give that special touch. 
The 2022 are available to book with an early bird booking offer, so book early to take advantage of this amazing offer.
If you are interested in joining us on one of our retreats you can find out more general information by clicking the box above. All these retreats are booking quickly so don’t miss out. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to drop us an e-mail sarah@golden-hinde.co.uk
If any retreats are sold out we will have a reserve/waiting list so if any places become available we will let you know. 

Pumpkin Material pack
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We are so excited to be able to bring our pumpkin back in time to be stitched for Halloween. Our Pumpkin has been re packaged and has everything that you need to be able to create this little beauty, inc the hoop (which can be used to display your finished piece), all the needles, materials etc. It will be ready to dispatch mid August. All the instructions are on YouTube.

Golden Hinde Blog View Here

Check out our blog on a full run down on the class with Kate Barlow, and a Golden Hinde Goldwork class that we held in June. We will also be adding a blog on the retreat soon as well. Summer special offers
Over the month of August we are going to do something a bit different, we will be doing different offers spread over the month. Most offers will run for 48 hrs, with weekend offers running from Friday to Sunday (72 hrs) We will also be having a Bank holiday weekend offer for Kits from Friday 27th August until close of day on Monday 30th August 2021
** Please note that offers are not available on large quantity items such as reels, and all orders must be placed via the website to qualify for any discounts available **

Top Selling products for July See what everyone else has been buying in the past month, maybe it will give you some inspiration. Pearl Purl 1
Definitely a must have wire for any Goldworker. Pearl purl is always one of our biggest sellers and size 1 is always the most popular. Pearl purl is available in sizes Super, Fine, 1, 2  and number 3 (which is the largest). We also have Silver and Copper as well as various other colours.
  Transluent Thread
Always in the top 3, and I am sure we all know why. This is a must have thread for any Goldworker, available is lots of different colours but the Honey is always the most popular, as it disappears against gold threads and wires. If you haven’t tried it you should, you can get yours here https://golden-hinde.co.uk/pro… Passing 4 and 6
Who doesn’t like a bit of passing thread? Always one of the most popular threads we sell, this one is really versatile and available in both size 4 and 6 (in gold). Size 6 has become increasingly popular over the last 2 years, the size 6 is slightly thicker that the 4. Size 4 is also available in Silver and Copper. Did you know that we do a similar thread called 371 which is available in a variety of colours. and can be found here

We will be attending The Knitting and Stitching shows this year, as long as restrictions are reduced. We will be at Alexandra Palace on 7th – 10th October 2021 Harrogate on 18th – 21st November 2021Tickets are not yet on sale but you can register your interest Here Just like everyone else we don’t know what sort of restrictions will be in place at that time but hopefully thing will be more normal. As soon as we know we will advise.
We are currently changing the packaging for our kits, so over the next few months. This will be a slow process and when we restock kits they will be in the new packaging. If you order more than one kit they may be in different packaging as we go through the transition period. 

Terms and Conditions
We have updated our terms and conditions in regards to the import duty and taxes. If you are an international customer please familiarise yourself with the update. 
We will keep you up to date with any changes that may happen in the next few weeks. All stay safe and follow all the advice given in your country. Hopefully we will be back to normal soon. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now TikTok for more Goldwork and Embroidery inspiration.
Happy Stitching 

Golden Hinde Team